Academy esports mindset


How did you win?

Winning is simply an outcome

Winning is to be celebrated because you did a lot of things right to reach this outcome and you may have experienced some luck along we way (we all enjoy luck at some point in our lives), but it’s the realisation that all the training, smart work, rested nights and eating habits all played a part in achieving a win

Let me ask you this – Are you aware of what you did to win or is is coincidental?

The recipe for success

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Some of you will know how a cake is made, but for the uninitiated let me tell you there’s ingredients, a recipe and a method

You take the ingredients, follow the recipe and method and if you do everything right, you end with an amazing cake!

You still with me? Good!

Just as the cake is the outcome, winning is the outcome when you work with the right ingredients and follow the recipe and method but in the recipe for success, your ingredients include how you think, the emotions you feel and what you do

These recipes are used within 7 areas of your being that include:

  • Reality
  • Vision
  • Communication
  • Expectations
  • Values
  • Beliefs
  • Relationships

Stay ahead of the competition

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When you’re winning, there is alignment and your recipe is pretty much spot on, and although you have an advantage over your opponents, when you’re winning you still need to tweak a few of the ingredients because there are others trying to steal those wins away from you.

When you’re at the top of your game, others will be doing all they can to bring you down and gain an advantage so it’s important to know what to do to stay ahead.

Winning consistently for a long period of time is difficult and very few people can accomplish great things consistently.

Think traditional sports men and women like Ronaldo, LeBron James, Messi, Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton.

What is it they do that you can learn from?

They are consistently taking care of their minds and bodies

The world of esports is different in the sense there is less physical training needed, but don’t let that fact lead you down a path of false sense of security.

Continue to grow

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Your mind and body still need to grow and adjust to avoid burnout, anxiety and poor performance and to attract positivity, resilience and purpose

To continue to win, you must consciously embrace what’s working for you and continue to do it. Be conscious of your sleeping patterns, what you eat, drink and how you stay healthy.

Final Thoughts

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Being part of this academy allows you to explore your thoughts, ideas and concerns in a safe place without the fear of being criticised or judged. The academy invites you to engage and ask questions and share your stories and frustrations so growth can be achieved easily together.

Your mind is much more powerful than you give it credit for and as the academy shares more insights with you, you’ll see the bigger picture forming and with that in mind, let me ask you these questions– What does winning mean to you? What does winning provide for you? What does winning bring to your life?

Compete with purpose!


By Mike Nichols

when the person thrives, the professional thrives

2 replies on “Winning!”

What personal experience of ‘winning’ have you had? & do you think this feeling has influenced you more to try and help push these other athletes on?


Hi Tyler and thanks for asking. When I was 13, many many many years ago, my school Canon Slade in Bolton made it to the finals of the National schools basketball finals where we would compete with 7 other teams until a winner emerged from the group stages. We didn’t win and I think we finished 7th.

The next year we made it to the finals again but again lost out and finished 5th!

In my final year of secondary school aged 15, we made it to the finals again but this time the format had changed. We won our regional finals and in the quarter finals, we had to play the team who had won the previous two years! We were definitely the underdogs.

But it was one of those games I remember very little about but I was in the zone and we won by 7 and remember one of their players coming up to me after the game crying saying “I wish I was as good as you”. At that point I wasn’t really paying attention to how good I was, I just loved to play. I did feel a little bit sorry for him.

So onto the semi-finals against Duddleston Manor from Birmingham who had 3 England players and they had finished runners up the year before so again we were the underdogs. This was a close game but we pulled out the win!

The final was against sporting powerhouse Millfield from Somerset, a school rich in sporting tradition and we found ourselves down 19 at one point.

But we rallied and with a tied game with just under a minute remaining, I drove to the basket and was fouled but when I tried to get up from the floor, I felt a pain in my legs. I’d never experienced cramp before so I panicked a bit until my coach helped me back up and stretched. I calmly hit two free throws putting us up by two. They came down and scored but we scored again at the other end. They made a rushed play and missed a chance to tie and we won!

We were National Schools champions!

Over those same years I was also breaking into the North of England basketball team but never got any further but 2 year later when I was 17, I was selected for the England U19 team and at a tournament in Holland I was voted the MVP of the team!

I’m only 5′ 7″ so I had to do things very differently in a game dominated by taller players.

But I’ve also experienced failure and in that same year in the National semi finals of the club competition, we (Bolton) were playing Leicester and with a few seconds remaining down 2, I had the ball. Something inside my head told me what to do. I dribbled to the top of the three point line, I saw two defenders and launched a shot! It missed badly, time expired and we lost! I felt bad, really bad and remember a couple of my team mates looking at me thinking WTF! That moment was a huge learning curve

As I grew older I won some and lost some as a player, coach and director of a national league basketball team and my experience of winning and losing has influenced me to try to help others push on and understand what it takes to overcome adversity and push to strive to have a winning mindset.


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